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    Smile [Solved]Installing a Network Adapter... [Solved]

    Okay, so I'm going to install Ubuntu 12.04 on this Computer, by formatting my Partition with Windows 7. Before that, I downloaded the Linux installaton for my network adapter. But, I don't know how to install it. My Adapter is a TP Link TF-3200. Below are the files in the linux installation directory.
    http://i.imgur.com/88Ri5.png

    and This is the content of the "Readme" File...
    Code:
    	      
    	                   Linux Driver 
    
    Contents:
    -----------
    1. File Description
    2. Driver Installation for Linux
    3. Driver Parameter
    4. None EEPROM
    5. EEPROM MP (OEM Only)
    
    1. File Description
    -------------------
    
    Filename                Description
    ====================    =======================================================
    sundance_main.c         Linux Driver Source Code.
                            This file is the main part of Linux Driver.
    
    compat.h                Network interface message level settings.
    
    crc32.h                 Crc function for early Linux 2.4.19pre kernel inclusion
    
    ethtool.h:              Defines for Linux ethtool.
    
    mii.h                   definitions for MII-compatible transceivers.
    
    mii.c                   MII interface library.
    
    makefile                Make File For IP100 Linux Driver.
                            Using "make all" for your kernel.
    
    readme.txt              A summary of the contents for Linux Driver.
                            This file, which you are reading me now.
    
    
    
    2. Driver Installation for Linux
    -----------------------------------------
    a. for kernel 2.4.x
       a1. Redhat 7.3 (linux kernel 2.4.18)
       a2. Mandrake 8.1 (kernel 2.4.8)
    b. for kernel 2.6.x
    c. automatically load and configure at next boot time
    
       a.for kernel 2.4.x
       -------------------
         a1. Redhat 7.3 (linux kernel 2.4.18)
         a1.1. install way 1:
             #make all =>generate sundance.o
             #cp sundance.o /lib/modules/2.4.18-3/kernel/drivers/net/
             #insmod ./sundance.o
             #ifconfig eth0 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx netmask yyy.yyy.yyy.yyy
                eth0 is your network adapter,use "dmesg" to check it, ex: eth0, eth1...
                xxx  is your ip address, ex: 192.168.102.211
                yyy  is your netmask address, ex:255.255.255.0
    
         a1.2.  install way 2:
            #make all =>generate sundance.o
            #cp sundance.o /lib/modules/2.4.18-3/kernel/drivers/net/
            #insmod./sundance.o
            #setup
            [network configuration] =>to setup your ip address
            #ifup eth0
               eth0 is your network adapter, ex: eth0, eth1...	
    
    
         a2. Mandrake 8.1 (kernel 2.4.8)
           #make all  => generate sundance.o
           #cp sundance.o /lib/modules/2.4.8-26mdk/kernel/drivers/net
           #insmod ./sundance.o
           #ifconfig eth0 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx netmask yyy.yyy.yyy.yyy
               eth0 is your network adapter,use "dmesg" to check it, ex: eth0, eth1...
               xxx  is your ip address, ex: 192.168.102.211
               yyy  is your netmask address, ex:255.255.255.0
    
    
       b. for kernel 2.6.x
       -------------------
          #make all  => generate sundance.ko
          #insmod ./sundance.ko (or sundance.o)
          #ifconfig eth0 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx netmask yyy.yyy.yyy.yyy
                eth0 is your network adapter,use "dmesg" to check it, ex: eth0, eth1...
                xxx  is your ip address, ex: 192.168.102.211
                yyy  is your netmask address, ex:255.255.255.0      
       
       c. automatically load and configure at next boot time
       -----------------------------------------------------
         c1. cp sundance.o /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/net
         *note: The `uname -r` is a command. Don't replace `uname -r` with
                2.4.18, 2.4.20smp, or some others. Must type `uname -r` directly.
    
         c2. Add the following lines at /etc/modules.conf:
    	           
    	      alias eth0 sundance
    	      options sundance <optional parameters>
    	           	           
         c3. Run "netconfig" or "netconf" to create configuration script 
    
                  ifcfg-eth0 located at /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts or 
                  create it manually.
                  [see - Configuration Script Sample]
    
         c4. Driver will automatically load and configure at 
                  next boot time.
                  
         c5. Configuration Script Sample
         ===========================
             Here is a sample of a simple configuration script:
    
             DEVICE=eth0
             USERCTL=no
             ONBOOT=yes
             POOTPROTO=none
             BROADCAST=207.200.5.255
             NETWORK=207.200.5.0
             NETMASK=255.255.255.0
             IPADDR=207.200.5.2
                  
    
    3. Driver Parameter
    -------------------
      If you want to change the link speed, you could use parameter after 
      insmod command.
      
      insmod sundance.o <optional parameter>    ; add parameter
    
      ========================================================================
       example: insmod sundance.o media=100mbps_hd
       or	    insmod sundance.o media=3
       or	    insmod sundance.o media=1,2,3,4	; for 4 cards or IP100
      ========================================================================              
      
      Parameter Description
      =====================
      You can install this driver without any addtional parameter. However, if 
      you are going to have extensive functions then it is necessary to set 
      extra parameter. Below is a list of the command line parameters supported 
      by the Linux device driver.
    
    media=xxxxxxxxx			- Specifies the media type the NIC operates at.
    				  autosense	Autosensing active media.
    				  10mbps_hd	10Mbps half duplex.
    				  10mbps_fd	10Mbps full duplex.
    				  100mbps_hd	100Mbps half duplex.
    				  100mbps_fd	100Mbps full duplex.
    				  0		Autosensing active media.
    				  1		10Mbps half duplex.
    				  2		10Mbps full duplex.
    				  3		100Mbps half duplex.
    				  4		100Mbps full duplex.
    				  By default, the copper devices operate at 
    				  autosense, the fiber devices operate at
    				  100Mbps full duplex.
    				  Note that, the fiber adapter only support 
    				  100Mbps half/full duplex types.	
    
      If wanting to change speed, this driver needed to be unloaded and reloaded with 
      new media parameter. Use rmmod to unload and insmod to reload driver.
      ========================================================================
       example: rmmod sundance.o 
       	    insmod sundance.o media=3
      ========================================================================    
    
    flowctrl=[0|1]			- Specifies the flow control function.
    				  0	Disable flow control.	
    				  1	Enable flow control.	
    
    4. None EEPROM
    --------------
      If you want to use none eeprom solution. Please put EEPROM EEDO pin to GND.
      And, please add following -DNO_EEPROM define in Makefile, and re-compile again.
    
    MAPPING_MODE= -DUSE_IO_OPS -DNO_EEPROM
    
    5. EEPROM MP (OEM Only)
    -----------------------
      This is a special tool for OEM embedded system to burn eeprom value with 
      MAC address. It is not for normal user. If you need this tool, please contact
      us directly. Thanks.
      
      5.1. unzip mp.zip and put 'mp directory' in the same directory with
      sundance_main.c
    
      5.2. Change Makefile:
      Form: "MAPPING_MODE= -DUSE_IO_OPS"
      To: "MAPPING_MODE= -DUSE_IO_OPS -DMP_EEPROM"
    
      Rebuild and load driver
    
      5.3. Read MAC address form EEPROM
      #cat /proc/ICPlus_eth0/IPF_EEPROM
    
      5.4. Write MAC address to EEPROM
      #echo "001122334455">/proc/ICPlus_eth0/IPF_EEPROM
    
      5.5. Convert EEPROM.TXT to eeprom_data.h
      run eep_cvrt.exe will convert EEPROM.txt to eeprom_data.h for linux driver
      use.
    The Readme file may contain instructions on how to install the driver; but I don't understand it Can someone simplify it for me? If I can't get this done, I'll be stuck with Windows7


    Thanks.
    Last edited by Wild Man; October 12th, 2012 at 04:23 AM. Reason: removed large picture and created a link

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    Re: Installing a Network Adapter...

    At least give me the steps? :s I've never used Linux before o_o

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    Re: Installing a Network Adapter...

    Almost all PCI network adapters should work out of the box without any user installed drivers. It would be very unusual if you had to do anything at all.

    What you have above is source code files for compiling a driver it seems. 99.9% likely you don't need that at all.

    You should just boot the linux disk and select install. It should detect and load any driver needed.
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    Re: Installing a Network Adapter...

    Quote Originally Posted by suvindu View Post
    Code:
    2. Driver Installation for Linux
    -----------------------------------------
    a. for kernel 2.4.x
       a1. Redhat 7.3 (linux kernel 2.4.18)
       a2. Mandrake 8.1 (kernel 2.4.8)
    Well, this alone raised a red flag. Red Hat (which is based on the Linux kernel) and Mandrake (which is based on Mandriva, which is based on Red Hat) use .RPM (RPM Package Manager) files.
    Ubuntu uses .DEB (Debian) files (as it is based on Debian, which is based on the Linux kernel).
    So, you either downloaded the wrong drivers, or they didn't have any .DEB files.
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    Re: Installing a Network Adapter...

    Actually that whole driver info indicates he's using a sundance driver. AFAIK the sundance driver has been supplied since long ago. It should be already built in the

    /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/net directory

    as sundance.ko
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    Re: Installing a Network Adapter...

    I did need the drivers, I installed 12.04 yesterday and It kept saying "Device not Ready" and "Unplugged" so I had to switch to Windows 7.

    EDIT: I had to install the drivers for the card in Windows 7, too.
    Last edited by suvindu; July 30th, 2012 at 12:21 PM.

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    Re: Installing a Network Adapter...

    You can check if the driver is loaded with the sudo lsmod command (it should show up) and if need be you can load it with sudo modprobe sundance.

    There could be some config issue that is preventing the kernel from knowing the right driver to load.

    Also, post output of ifconfig -a. You may have the driver loaded but the interface isn't configured to be brought up yet.
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    Re: Installing a Network Adapter...

    Code:
    eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 94:0c:6d:85:c8:b8
              inet addr: fe80::960c::6dff:fe85::c8b8/64 Scope:Link
              UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
              RX Packets:775 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX Packets:40 errors: 0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
              RX bytes:99977 (99.9KB)  TX Bytes:7125 (7.1KB)
              Interrupt:18 Base address:0xbc00
    
    lo        Link encap:Local Loopback
              inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
              inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
              UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
              RX Packets:2840 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX Packets:2840 errors: 0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueulen:0
              RX bytes:231848 (231.8KB)  TX Bytes:231848 (231.8KB)

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    Re: Installing a Network Adapter...

    That shows you do have a working ethernet adapter present but it has not been configured with an IP. So next step is to post your /etc/network/interfaces file to see how that eth0 is configured. If it's correct then it can be brought up with,

    sudo ifup eth0

    but if it doesn't have the right setup, then we'd have to edit that first. Typically Netowork Manager should be doing this for you but obviously there is some reason it hasn't.
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    Re: Installing a Network Adapter...

    The interfaces file says:

    Code:
    auto lo
    iface lo inet loopback

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